Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Today's News-Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Tractor trailer rolls over on I-81, ties up traffic

A Virginia man escaped serious injury when the tractor trailer he was driving rolled over on Interstate 81. Jonestown state police say that Ronald Cromer of Staunton, Virginia was driving south near the Pine Grove exit when the rig left the road, struck several trees and rolled over. Traffic on the Interstate was backed up for hours for cleanup. The crash happened after 8am.

Ways to save money
Saving money heating your home this winter is easier-and more cost effective than originally thought. Reporter Kerry Dowd has more:


Car chase ends in arrest

A Pottsville man is locked up in jail after he heisted a car in the city and led police on a chase. 48-year-old Edward Miller Jr. took cash and the car from a relative Tuesday afternoon, then took off with police in pursuit into Palo Alto where he was apprehended. Miller was arraigned on theft and related charges and taken to Schuylkill County Prison. He was also taken to Schuylkill Medical Center for a blood alcohol test.

Multiple cars broken into in Ringtown

Four Ringtown residents vehicles were broken into early Tuesday morning. Frackville state police say the unlocked vehicles were burglarized on Arch, East Wood and East Main Streets between midnight and 4:30am. A number of items were taken from the vehicles. The investigation continues.

Economic stimulus payments still open for the taking

The deadline to file a 2007 federal tax return and receive an economic stimulus payment is coming quickly. Especially if you receive social security or certain VA benefits and normally don't file a federal return. You may qualify for a payment, but you need to file and find out before October 15th. In Schuylkill County, 24-hundred-60 recipients of these benefits could be entitled to an economic stimulus payment, and over 4 million nationwide. So…with around 3 weeks to go, the Internal Revenue Service says…"don't let the economic stimulus payment pass you by". And, oh, by the way, October 15th is the deadline for file your 2007 federal return if you requested an extension in April.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says the man who stood over a policeman on the ground and shot him in the chest "acted in a completely subhuman manner." Officer Patrick McDonald is the fourth Philadelphia police officer killed at work in 11 months.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia county is buying more voting machines. Montgomery County commissioners says they expect a big November election turnout. A county official says it's important to avoid forcing voters to wait in long lines on Election

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Former Philadelphia TV anchor Alycia Lane has filed a lawsuit accusing co-anchor Larry Mendte of invading her privacy and leaking personal information to the media. Mendte pleaded guilty in August to a charge that he illegally accessed Layne's e-mail.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police say a worker from Swarthmore, Pa., fell to his death while checking skylights at a Delaware elementary school. A Christiana School District spokeswoman says no children were in the room where 58-year-old Frank Heinrichs plunged to his death.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A 28-year-old Johnstown woman is accused of encouraging two teenage girls to fight after a video of the incident was posted on YouTube. Denise Burt is charged with corruption of minors. Police say the girls were punching and slapping one another on the head.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush says Congress will pass a "robust plan" to bail out failing Wall Street companies. But many lawmakers still insist on changes to the administration's plan.

LONDON (AP) - Markets around the world are showing mixed reactions to the proposed bailout on Wall Street and Warren Buffett's pledge to invest billions into Goldman Sachs. Most of the
markets in Asia showed modest gains today. That hasn't been the case in Europe.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Residents of Galveston, Texas, are getting their first chance to rummage through the damage caused to their homes by Hurricane Ike. Cars were lined up 10 miles deep as people waited for permission to return home. Residents were allowed back starting at 6 a.m. local time.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new AP-Yahoo News poll indicates as many as 18 percent of likely voters still aren't sold on a presidential candidate yet. Many of them say the economy has them hurting and is their top issue in the race.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The O.J. Simpson trial resumes for an eighth day of testimony in Las Vegas. Two former co-defendants are among those who could testify as soon as today in the kidnapping and robbery trial. An alleged victim could take the stand tomorrow.


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